Green tea is f***ing amazing. What? You already knew that?
Yeah, so by now you’ve probably heard that drinking green tea daily aids in weight loss and keeps your cholesterol in check. It also apparently helps to fight cancer amongst other health benefits. But did you know that green tea is great for your skin too?
The anti-oxidant properties of this miracle tea can help to soothe skin inflammations, reduce acne and can revive puffy and dull skin. I’m really not kidding. I was completely skeptical the first time I came across a green tea home remedy on Pinterest, but these DIYs have been 100% tried and proven by yours truly.
Seriously, why spend $50 on a bottle of toner when you can make your own for less than $5? This toner is refreshing and is amazing for people who have acne-prone skin.
All you need to do is pour some brewed green tea (cooled to room temperature) into a small spray bottle, together with 10 drops of tea tree oil. Use this toner in the morning and night before applying moisurizer. If you suffer from acne, you should probably check out our home remedies for acne.
*Keep the toner in the fridge or a cool, dry place.
Pamper yourself once a week (or twice, if you have the time) with a DIY spa treatment. A green tea steam facial will help to cleanse and clear your pores of impurities while hydrating your skin. I know doing a steam facial at home sounds a little over-indulgent, but it’ll leave your skin feeling revived and baby-soft, I promise!
It’s actually much easier than you’d think. Grab a wide bowl (it doesn’t have to be deep, it just has to be wider than the width of your beautiful face), and fill it with boiled water. Cut open three to four sachets of green tea and empty them into the hot water and let it cool a little - you don’t wanna burn your face if the steam is way too hot. Place the bowl on a table or chair that’s a little taller than the chair you’ll be sitting on and lean over so your face hovers over the bowl. Rest your forearms beside the bowl to support yourself. Close your eyes and relax for about 5 to 10 minutes before washing your face with cool water.
For more at-home spa ideas, check out 6 Easy Ways to Have a Spa Day at Home.
I have super dry skin and when I tried this body scrub for the first time, I literally felt like the beauty Gods heard my cries and blessed me with this amazing recipe. I love, love, love all sorts of DIY body scrubs, but this one has to be one of my all-time favourites.
Simply combine one cup of white sugar with one cup of sea salt and the contents of 4 green tea bags. Pour in 1 cup of olive oil or coconut oil and mix well. Store the scrub in an airtight container in your bathroom. Use this scrub once every other day to exfoliate and moisturize your dry skin. I promise, your skin will be feel silky smooth and super hydrated after just one use!
If you’ve been carrying bags under your eyes or suffer from terrible dark circles akin to a panda, this one’s for you.
Green tea contains a high amount of antioxidants which fight free radicals when applied to skin in the same way as when it’s digested. The low level of caffeine and tannin found in green tea can also help to reduce puffiness and eliminate dark circles around your eyes by shrinking the blood vessels just under your skin.
This remedy is fairly simple, just steep two green tea bags in freshly boiled water for 1 minute. Remove the tea bags and squeeze out any excess water and let them cool, but don’t leave them for too long or they will dry out. Once cooled to room temperature, make sure they are still slightly damp before placing one tea bag over each eye. Lay back and leave them on for about 10 minutes before removing them and rinsing your face with lukewarm water.
For more DIY ways to get rid of dark circles and puffy eyes, read this.
For glowing, hydrated and blemish-free skin, give this face mask a go. Cut open a sachet of green tea and mix the content with two tablespoons of raw honey. Apply this mixture to clean skin and leave it on for 20 minutes before washing it off with warm water. This face mask is great for reducing redness and preventing blackheads. We’ve got more all-natural ways to get rid of blackheads here.
Hopefully these home remedies work wonders on your skin as they have on mine. If yes, you’re welcome. As usual, I’ll take credit instead of cash.
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